Standing in the gutted ruins of her bar destroyed by Beirut’s massive port blast, Lebanese entrepreneur Gizelle Hassoun said she hopes crowdfunding can help save her business from the rubble.

“This place was my life,” the 46-year-old said, standing on top of piles of broken shutters and plaster, on what was once the dance floor.

“Then just like that — bam! — there was nothing left,” she said, a blown-out wall behind her providing a view of the tall cranes at the capital’s port.

Nestled on the first floor of a blue villa in Beirut’s lively Gemmayzeh district, Madame Om was once a popular nightspot famed for its weekend parties and drag shows.

But today the walls of the rented venue are cracked, part of its floor has caved in, and its balcony has been blown off. The bar will have to move.

“We’re fundraising,” Hassoun said, under surviving snapshots

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Rio Tinto RIO.AX parted ways with its CEO and two senior executives on Friday, bowing to mounting shareholder criticism of the destruction of two significant Aboriginal rockshelters and the global miner’s limited initial response.

Chief executive Jean-Sébastien Jacques, who has led Rio since 2016, will step down by March 31 next year, the company said, after shareholders expressed concerns about executive accountability.

The head of iron ore, Chris Salisbury, and Simone Niven, head of corporate relations, the unit responsible for dealing with indigenous communities, will also depart.

The move came after activists and investors said Rio had not done enough in an earlier board-led review into how the miner legally detonated rockshelters showing 46,000 years of human habitation at Juukan Gorge in Western Australia against the wishes of traditional owners. The review had cut short-term bonuses for some executives.

“Despite a drawn out process, we feel the

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By Melanie Burton

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Rio Tinto has pledged to protect a 43,000-year old rock shelter on the fringe of its Silvergrass iron ore mine in Western Australia as it reviews heritage sites following outrage over the destruction of sacred ancient caves this year.

Rio Tinto, which has state government approval to damage the site, told the Wintawari Guruma people, its traditional owners, of its intention to preserve the rock shelter last week, although the Wintawari say they have yet to receive confirmation in writing.

“We will protect the site and also have mining buffer zones in place to further ensure the site is not at risk,” the world’s largest iron ore miner said in an e-mail in response to Reuters questions about the site.

The state government-approved detonation in May of caves in the same region that showed evidence of human history stretching back 46,000 years provoked worldwide

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The coronavirus pandemic and the riots in Seattle continue to squeeze downtown small business owners, three local business owners told Fox News on Thursday.

“We’re now at the point where we’re sick and tired of our mayor that continues to pander to our Marxist city council members,” Joey Rodolfo, the owner of a clothing store in Seattle, which is close to the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone, or “CHOP,” told “Fox & Friends First” on Thursday.

“We’ve not heard anything from our mayor that says, ‘Hey, listen we might be able to reopen our stores here soon’ and our store is still boarded up because of the recent riots again so we are not getting any lifeline from our mayor so far.”

Rodolfo, the co-founder of Buki clothing, told

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A coalition of 30 trade groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday sent a letter to Congress and the White House blasting President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo — Michelle Obama shines, scorching Trump Trump lashes out at Cuomo after his Democratic convention speech Biden seeks to win over progressives and Republicans on night one MORE‘s executive order on payroll taxes, saying it was unworkable without congressional action.

“Under current law, the EO creates a substantial tax liability for employees at the end of the deferral period,” the letter said.

“Without Congressional action to forgive this liability, it threatens to impose serious hardships on employees who will face a large tax bill as a result of deferral,” it added. 

Earlier in August, Trump signed an executive order deferring employee payroll taxes, which are automatically collected from paychecks to fund programs such as Social Security.

Trump has said

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